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Amazon's AirPods Competitor Can Now Track Workouts

CNBC | Todd Haselton
  • Amazon announced on Monday that it's rolling out fitness-tracking features to its Echo Buds headphones.
  • Amazon said the Echo Buds can track the duration of a workout, the steps you take, estimated calories burned and how far or fast you walk or run.
  • The feature is rolling out over the next couple of days, according to the company.

Amazon announced on Monday that it's rolling out fitness-tracking features to its Echo Buds headphones. It's a feature CNBC noticed Amazon was testing last year.

Amazon said the Echo Buds can track the duration of a workout, the steps you take, estimated calories burned and how fast or how far you walk or run. The feature is rolling out over the next couple of days, according to the company.

CNBC hasn't yet tested the feature but Amazon's Halo wearable seems to be the company's more serious approach to health monitoring. Amazon said steps are measured using an accelerometer in the Echo Buds. It also takes into account a user's height entered into the workout profile.

Amazon said customers can get started by doing this:

  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Tap "More" on the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap "Settings."
  • Choose Account Settings.
  • Tap Workouts.
  • Select "Create Workout profile."

After a workout, Echo Buds users can see stats by doing this:

  • Open the Alexa app.
  • Tap devices.
  • Choose "Echo & Alexa."
    Select "Echo Buds."
  • Select "Workouts."

Echo Buds owners can start a workout by saying "Alexa start my run." You can also ask Alexa to pause a workout, end a workout and request an update on your pace.

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